MAKING TRACKS Andy Hollifield 10-17-18
I was reading the post for this date last year when I posted it on my WordPress blog “www.morningmannaanddailygrace.com”. I enjoy going back and seeing what I wrote a year ago and recounting the blessings that God has given me. I read again about how we as adults are “Making Tracks” for the younger generations to follow. I was also reminded of the awesome responsibility that is to mold the very character of those kids while their hearts are young and tender and full of faith in God. I was also reminded that “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3) and also read the warning from God in Matthew 18:6 that says, “But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea”. That doesn’t leave any question as to how serious our responsibility is does it?
As I pondered on these thoughts, I remembered something I had seen in Burgaw, NC last week. I snapped a few pictures of the kids of those folk working in the distribution center, playing in one of the big watermelon boxes I had delivered stuff in. It didn’t dawn on me at the time, but those folks working down there were making the tracks that I am sure they want their children to follow in. Some might think it was only playing but it was much more than that. It was kids having a fun time centered around the church. Those kids that were playing with each other in that box will one day be the very ones that are separating and delivering needed items to their communities five or ten years from now. I had the privilege for a lot of years to watch several of my board members kids, as well as my own, grow up with their parents working in the ministry. Those kids have all gone now and their parents are no longer on the board. Some are in college while others are still in high school. I still keep up with those kids lives. Some are leaders in school clubs and some are singing in their churches and others are in marching band at school. All of them have developed a heart for the Lord and for helping others…just like their parents have. Some of those kids I have known since they were born and I preached to some of their parents when they were still kids. What a joy it is to have been able to witness what they are becoming.
Why do those pics of children playing in a box mean so much? Today they are playing in them but tomorrow they will be packing them. But the thing that really stirs me the most about it, is that those folks there working long hard hours for no pay, have no idea the blessings they are about to receive as those kids grow up. I guess I should rephrase that; those folks are not working for a paycheck. They are laying up treasures in heaven and being blessed now, as well as being a blessing to those around them. Their work may sometimes get the better of them but the fringe benefits that come with their jobs are literally out of this world.
So for all those of you that are doing whatever it is you are doing,”… Do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23. Keep on keepin’ on. There is a payday someday. You, as well as I, and the folks in Burgaw, will get the dividends on this side. The main reward will be given to us when our works are tried by fire when we get home. I have to tell you though, the rewards in heaven aren’t what will keep you going. To see God’s hand on the lives of our kids and them having such a heart for ministry, that is plenty for me. To see the smiles on people’s faces and the tears in their eyes and feel the love in the hearts, would still be worthwhile if there were no rewards for it. Don’t get discouraged; your blessings are on the way and they will be well worth the effort when you get them. In the mean time, just keep “Making Tracks” for all of those kids around you to follow. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!